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Local News – July 21, 2015

FBI involved in Burton search
(Guilford) – State Police are getting some help in the search for an accused killer on the loose in Piscataquis County. The FBI confirms agents are assisting the search for Robert Burton who is accused of the June 5th murder of his former girlfriend Stephanie Gebo. Burton has been hiding in the woods in the Parkman/Guilford area since the killing – most recently seen peering into a camp window in Guilford a couple of weeks ago. The FBI did not say what role they are playing in the search.

Bucksport  motorcycle crash
(Bucksport) Police have released the identity of a Bucksport man killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday night. 41 year old Nathaniel Coleman was killed when he crashed his motorcycle near the intersection of the Jacob Buck Road at about 6:30pm. Coleman wasn’t wearing a helmet. Police are still investigating the crash.

Machias Manager
(Machias) – The search is on for a new town manager in Machias. Christopher Loughlin resigned June 5th and office staff has split up the town manager duties since then. The Bangor Daily News reports advertising has started in the search for a new town manager, but town officials are not sure if they’ve received any applications yet.

Gunman confesses
(Houlton) – The man charged with shooting five people in Northern Maine last Friday has confessed to state police investigators. An affidavit filed by state police detective Greg Roy says 35-year old Anthony Lord admitted to the shootings that left two men dead and three wounded. Lord also admitted to kidnapping a 22-year old woman after shooting her boyfriend to death and wounding her mother at a home in Benedicta. Brittany Irish fled from a bathroom window, but Lord chased her down, and shot from the back of a pickup truck, wounding the driver who had picked up Irish. Lord appeared in court yesterday – a bail hearing is set for Thursday.

 

Winslow fire

(Winslow) – Lightning likely started a fire that destroyed a Winslow home and garage. Firefighters responded to the Abbott Road around 11-o’clock Sunday night. No one was hurt – the folks who lived in the house got out safely after they said lightning hit the garage. The Fire Marshal’s office will investigate the cause.

Hancock Cty Finance Officer dismissal
(Ellsworth) Hancock County’s chief finance officer is done effective immediately and existing staff will while County Commissioners restructure the finance department. County administrator Gene Conlogue tells Star 97.7, elected treasurer Janice Eldridge will take on more financial responsibilities.  Conlogue says commissioners are working with the treasurer to “redefine her role” after a recent state audit criticized commissioners for hiring a CFO and cutting the treasurer’s hours and duties.

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